Imminent Sonic Destruction

This may be my last entry…

Back in 1972 Space Rock band Hawkwind introduced a noise poem written by Michael Moorcock called Sonic Attack. This is basically a fictional address to a future colony on how to survive an imminent sonic attack. It first appeared on the 1973 live album Space Ritual. It has been, for as long as I have known about Hawkwind, an occasional highlight in my library.

Last year they re-recorded it but this time, rather than using the voice of Robert Calvert (sounding not unlike Peter Cook in The Princess Bride), they employed national treasure and professional shouty man Brian Blessed. The effect was, as you can probably imagine, weird as all hell. Where there is something disconcerting about Calvert there is something frankly terrifying about Blessed. Imagine, if you will (and then watch the video below) the gruff, manly voice of Mr Blessed commanding you to ‘…bring all bodies to orgasm simultaneously’ – it wouldn’t encourage you to do so.

For me, the weirdest part of this whole thing is that the single was released with a Radio Edit ‘A side’. Really? What radio? It’s very thoughtful of you to pare the whole thing down a bit but you’re asking quite a lot if you assume that there will be a radio station that want to play it. Personally, I think it’s a great version but it’s an odd version of a niche song.

I encourage you to watch the video, listen to the majesty of Brian’s voice and then ponder why I brought it up and how it brought me up.

Thanks for reading/listening/watching; now, do what the man says, stop panicking and seek a soundproof shelter.


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